I've seen 4 of his starts this season and despite the reported decrease in velocity, he has significant movement on ALL of his pitches, which he's capable of delivering from varied arm angles, making location difficult for hitters to decipher, even on video.
Speculation and reasons for velocity aside, you gotta give him credit for making the adjustments he has and ultimately becoming a more effective pitcher. If he's locating according to plan, he should produce a good number of ground balls, especially with that nasty change. Conversely, by mixing patterns according to how he gameplans and what type of movement he has on a specific day, he can produce some fly balls as well.
Obviously, there is some justification in the numbers but I think there are quite a few variables that come into play with each outing. Either way, he's an improved, solid front line starter who should always benefit from pitching in spacious Safeco.
Yeah, he was one guy where the drop in velocity wasn't a huge red flag it seemed rather it was was more just the the normal progression of a career. The biggest thing with Felix as mentioned by Plus, he knows how to pitch efficiently and it starts with the development of his change-up. Change-ups are not only a great pitch in terms of effectiveness but also in saving your arm some -- less torque, less stress, etc. Follow me https://twitter.com/LangeSportsmemo